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Detective Thrillers | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

In Part I of this Q&A, which can be found here, authors from the Detective Thrillers anthology shed light on the inspiration behind their stories in the book. Now, they tell us about their own favourites from the genre, as well as the methods they use to bring their fiction to the page. Alongside the contemporary authors, this new collection features works by classic authors such as John Buchan, Mignon G. Eberhart and Arthur Conan Doyle. From Father Brown and the inimitable Sherlock Holmes all the way to hardboiled PIs like Race Williams and Violet McDade, there’s no end of fascinating leading figures to follow in these breathless tales of intrigue and adventure!

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, detective fiction, thriller, Detective Mysteries, thriller novel

Detective Thrillers | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Published alongside our latest anthology A Dying Planet, Detective Thrillers similarly offers an exciting mix of new and classic short stories. Rife with enigmatic detectives, dark alley chases, and secret operations, this collection promises an edge-of-your-seat journey from a host of modern authors to greats such as Arthur Conan Doyle and writers from the Black Mask magazine era. See below for a taste of its contents, as contemporary authors tell us the stories behind their contributions to the book…

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, short fiction, detective fiction, Detective Mysteries

A Dying Planet | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

If you’re searching for reading and writing inspiration during these strange times, then look no further. Authors from our new anthology, A Dying Planet, took part in a Q&A which last week revealed some of the inspirations behind their stories in the book. In this second part of the Q&A you’ll now find some fantastic reading recommendations, as well as an insight into the writing process for any budding authors out there. A Dying Planet – out now in the UK and released this month in the US – contains an exciting mix of modern and classic fiction on a thought-provoking and relevant theme.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, short fiction, epic fantasy, Science Fiction, scifi

A Dying Planet | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

What better way to process these uncertain times than with an escape into science fiction? Out now in the UK, and available later this month in the US, A Dying Planet gathers the very best of apocalyptic – and post-apocalyptic – fiction. Tales from classic authors are complemented by fascinating new and recent stories, probing the concerns and problems of a modern world at risk. With themes like climate change, pandemics, extensive wastelands, alien destruction, overpopulation and dwindling resources, these stories explore, not always without optimism, how these issues could affect worlds and their inhabitants, and what might happen when it’s too late. A fitting anthology for a time of global crisis, authors from the book offer insight below about the inspiration behind their stories:

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, short fiction, Science Fiction, anthologies

Gothic Fantasy | Successful Submissions | Footsteps in the Dark & Bodies in the Library

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

We’re very excited to announce the author lists for two new anthologies in our Gothic Fantasy series: Footsteps in the Dark, and Bodies in the Library. Combining contemporary takes on the theme with a range of compelling tales from classic authors, these books are due for publication in June 2020. Yet again, our call for submissions was met with a great response, so we have been kept very busy forming a final selection of excellent stories that best suit these intriguing themes: many thanks to all who submitted and congratulations to the below!

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, short fiction, detective fiction

Gothic Fantasy | Successful Submissions | Detective Thrillers & A Dying Planet

Posted by Maria Tissot

We’re delighted to present the author lists for the next two anthologies in our Gothic Fantasy series: Detective Thrillers, and A Dying Planet. Due for publication in February 2020, these latest books continue to pair contemporary takes on the themes with classic tales that have helped shape the genres as we know them today. Once again, we received a great response to our recent call for submissions, and we’re excited to now share the results of a selection process that has been both tough and rewarding: congratulations to the below and many thanks to all who submitted!

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, Science Fiction, Call For Submissions, crime fiction

Detective Mysteries | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Featuring new authors alongside classic works by Margery Allingham, Arthur Conan Doyle, Carroll John Daly, Anthony Berkeley and more, our recently released collection Detective Mysteries is a treat for crime fiction lovers. Last week, the modern authors from the book introduced their stories by discussing the inspiration behind their tale. Now, they recommend stories and authors whose influence they’ve felt in their own work, and cast light on how they approach the task of writing:

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, detective fiction, Detective Mysteries, Classic Fiction

Epic Fantasy | Author Q&A | Favourite Tales & Writing Practices

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Our new anthology, Epic Fantasy Short Stories, is due out in this week! Paired with Detective Mysteries, the two collections gather together the work of modern authors with classic fiction from the genres. Epic Fantasy promises to be a bewitching mix of adventure, fearsome beasts, and enchantment, and you can read more about the featured tales in Part 1 of this Author Q&A. Now, the book's contemporary authors tell us a bit more about their favourite fantasy stories, as well as the different ways they bring their own stories to life:

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Topics: gothic and fantasy, Gothic Fantasy, short fiction

Short Story Submissions: Detective Thrillers | A Dying Planet [NOW CLOSED]

Posted by Maria Tissot

We are now open for submissions for two exciting new anthologies: Detective Thrillers and A Dying Planet. Due to be published in early 2020, these add to our Gothic Fantasy series, which includes existing titles like Supernatural HorrorRobots & Artificial IntelligenceDystopia Utopia, American Gothic and more. Again, we are looking for around twenty to thirty short stories by contemporary writers to complement a selection of classic tales in these anthologies. We are keen to encourage new writers, without prejudice to age, background or previous publication history. It’s the story that matters, and the quality of writing.

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, short fiction, submissions

Urban Crime | Author Q&A | Story Inspirations

Posted by Gillian Whitaker

Our latest short story anthology, Urban Crime, packs shady characters with thrilling storytelling. Whether the setting is Paris, London, New York or San Francisco, cities around the globe provide the gritty backdrop to an underground world of dark intentions, in a collection that combines new and classic writers in the genre. Here to celebrate the book’s release, some of the authors tell us what inspired their featured tales:

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Topics: Gothic Fantasy, Short Stories, Urban Crime

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